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Crawling spiders, floating pine needles and dancing opera singers: ‘Matsukaze’ by Sasha Waltz

Posted in dance, opera with tags , , , , , , on June 11, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

One scene that stands out. Sometimes that’s enough. Just that one image will make sure that a performance will not get lost amidst all the others in your mind. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve seen Matsukaze at De Munt/La Monnaie and I still see those gigantic needles slowly and almost gracefully falling down on that stage. The reason why I absolutely wanted to see this new opera by Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa? Hanjo, his previous one, was directed by Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. This time around German choreographer Sasha Waltz was called in.

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Compelling ‘Medea’ by Sasha Waltz at De Munt/La Monnaie

Posted in dance, opera with tags , , , , on April 12, 2010 by Utopia Parkway

Too bad that second performance of Sasha Waltz ‘s Medea at De Munt/La Monnaie is already sold-out. I think I might have gone a second time. I was really impressed, yesterday, by this beautifully constructed mix of elements: that mournful and compelling contemporary score (by Pascal Dusapin, from ’92), those lush costumes, a few well-chosen extra elements (six giant fans, a Rothko-like backdrop) and of course that great choreography by Waltz, with just too many gorgeous scenes to mention. Last year I was really disappointed by Waltz’s chaotic Gezeiten, at De Munt, but this time I was swept away. By the way the German choreographer infuses Dusapin’s score with silence, or the way she directed soprano Caroline Stein and her dancers, or how she even puts those singers of Vocalconsort Berlin on stage and gets them to ‘dance’ as well. This is not an overly dramatic Medea, but the more I think about Waltz’s version, the more I’m touched by it. Want to know what you’ve missed? Click here to watch a You Tube-fragment.

Romeo Castellucci directs his first ever opera at De Munt/La Monnaie

Posted in dance, opera, theatre with tags , , , , on March 17, 2010 by Utopia Parkway

Renowned Italian theatre director Romeo Castellucci will direct his first ever opera. Castellucci’s version of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal will premiere next season at De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussels; February 27, 2011). Conductor will be Hartmut Haenchen. German choreographer Sasha Waltz will direct an opera too at De Munt: Toshio Hosokawa’s Matsukaze (May 2011). De Munt is also programming a rerun of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker‘s opera Hanjo, also by Hosokawa (April 2011). It premiered in 2004. You’ll find everything on De Munt’s new season on a brand new website, here.

(Note on January 27, 2011: For more recent info on Castellucci’s Parsifal: click here.)

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